there is an interesting article in my paper this morning . .. i'll try to link it.
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levinson's argument is historically rich and theoretically sophisticated, but here are a few of his key points in highly simplified form.
first, the structure of the national legislature is wildly undemocratic. what exactly is the justification for, in this the year of our lord 2007, giving a senator from wyoming approximately 70 times more power per voter represented than one from california?
in an era in which almost all of the most important political decisions are made at the national rather than the state level, the structure of the senate essentially gives senators from small states a license to steal federal tax dollars for the benefit of their sparsely populated fiefdoms.
and, as levinson the political scientist demonstrates, they are exceptionally good at doing so. hence we get $50 million bridges to nowhere, economically and environmentally insane subsidies for various farming and ranching interests, and so on."